I hope you can join us on December 11th on the Terrace of the Holiday Inn Ft. Myers Arpt-Town Center (Fort Myers, FL) for the December Girl's Night Out! This will be a Holiday Social unlike any other!
Shop for some people on your holiday gift list from some fabulous local lady bosses! This Happy Hour + Networking event l is FREE to attend, but please register your ticket via Eventbrite.
What to expect:
--->The first 50 ladies get a Swag Bag sponsored by Forema Boutique full of goodies!
--->Giveaways from local businesses
--->Networking, socializing and great cocktail specials
---> Support local biz:
---> Support the Children's Network of SWFL by donating a toy to their Operation Santa Program
Local Vendors that will be selling great gift items:
Rodan and Fields
Oil Ohana Kati Miller
Heather Shines Stella & Dot
Kathy McGinnis/Mary Kay Director
Skin & Tonic Facial Bar
Orangetheory Fitness Fort Myers - Six Mile Cypress
Subtle & Chic Boutique
ZYIA Active by Ashley Winstel
ZTeam Realty of SWFL
Plus you will have a chance to get an Energy Reading using Oracle Cards by Dolores J Gozzi
This month's SWFL Girl's Night Out event was such a fun night at Gather in Cape Coral. Over 100 women come out to socialize, shop and enjoy this treasure of a restaurant. The first 50 ladies got a Swag Bag full of goodies sponsored by Thirty-One Gifts by Heidi! And everyone had the opportunity to learn about some wonderful local women businesses. My friend and photographer, Steve Wilcox, captured the evening beautifully...take a look for yourself...a picture is worth a thousand words. But to sum it up: GREAT NIGHT OUT with the ladies of Southwest Florida.
Make sure to save the date for the December Holiday Sip & Shop event. There will be ! Same concept but with a focus on holiday shopping! Buy your gifts while supporting local women businesses as we enjoy the beautiful terrace of the Holiday Inn and their great happy hour specials.
Well, Thanksgiving is in a couple of weeks, so that means soon we will enter the season where Ugly Sweaters are not only acceptable they are often a requirement for a party! So it may very well be something you seek out to buy this time of year!
Instead of rushing around vintage stores looking for those oldie sweaters that our parents made us wear for real or heading to Target to get the same one that everyone else will get shop UglyChristmasSweater.com for a huge selection of funny, cute and even some that would be only be appropriate for an Adult party.
I highly recommend you check out their website, grab something for your next holiday event like one of the December Girl's Night Out events: Holiday Sip & Shop on December 11th.. The sweaters are high quality, creative and sure to gain some attention. You may see me in that shiny candy cane jacket that I also found on the UglySweater.com website! And follow them on Instagram for some inspiration!
Each month I choose a local nonprofit to support. This month the Charity Spotlight is on Be The Light Outreach which is dedicated to ending human trafficking through empowering our community with tools, education & resources. They are a 501C3 nonprofit and a community of volunteers (AKA: LightKeepers). Thy provide tangible solutions to trafficking through their 3 Strategy Approach.
"For those trapped in slavery, everyday is filled with
exploitation, manipulation and abuse.
However, we know that darkness does not overpower light,
it is merely the absence of it.
Be the Light in slavery's darkness."
Bring DonationS To Girls Night OUt Nov 13th
Please bring donations for their Holiday Drive. They suggest a gift for a male or female of any age that will bring encouragement and comfort or something that will help meet daily needs!
A big thank you to all who attended the October Launch Party for SWFL Girl's Night Out at
The Eatery by Ryan in Fort Myers! A great turnout of over 100 ladies for the very first event!!
I enjoyed meeting so many wonderful women for the first time and seeing those of you that I have not seen in a while.
The staff at Ryan's were on point, accommodating and super friendly! The weather was kind to us, keeping the rain away so that we could enjoy the patio. This month's Swag Bag sponsor was
Vivie Boutique and the Featured Photographer was J&K Soto Photography. See the launch party photo recap here.
Rodan + Fields by Elise
A premium skincare brand built on a legacy of innovative dermatology-inspired skincare products backed by clinical results. All products use Multi-Med Therapy, which is designed to deliver the right medicines, in the right formulations, in the right order to transform your skin.
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Zyia Fitness by Lisa
ZYIA Active is an active lifestyle brand. It is also a culture that believes in embracing activity with excitement, vigor and delight.
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Beauty Counter by Vanessa
Beautycounter is dedicated to safer, high-quality beauty products for the whole family. With a strict ingredient selection process you can rest easy knowing that what you are using for you and your family is safer.
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Orange Theory Fitness
The most effective 1 hour workout you can do in s group environment with a coach that keeps you motivated. You are wearing a heart monitor that tracks your calories, heart rate and keeps you in check throughout the entire workout with a goal of earning "orange splats!"
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11600 Gladiolus Drive - Unit 317 - Fort Myers, FL 33908
8001 Dani Drive - Fort Myers, FL 33966
Coming soon- 2311 Santa Barbara Blvd. - Cape Coral, FL 33991
Vivie Boutique is an affordable online and popup clothing boutique. Abbey DeStefanostarted this business in 2017 to help moms with young kids who just don't have time to shop for the latest trends that fit her body and budget. For the first 50 ladies at the event, they received a Swag Bag from Vivie filled with local coupons and goodies!
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Monat Hair Solutions by Donna
The Monat mission is to help people everywhere enjoy beautiful, healthy, fulfilling lives through exceptional, naturally based products, a fun and rewarding business opportunity, and a culture of family, service, and gratitude.
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EasyStella and Dot by Becky
Fashionable and affordable jewelry, tops, bags, clutches and more!! You can shop online or she would love to help you host a trunk show today.
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So Flo Beach Co.
Adorable and affordable bikinis that are comfortable and lightweight. Easy to look your best on beach days with these swimsuit sets!
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A SWFL boutique & day spa that offers: Lash Extensions, Lash Lift, Permanent Makeup, Massage, Microneedling, Facials, Cavitation and Non-surgical Facelifts. The client’s skin, lash and overall health is always a key factor in their treatments.
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Location: 1342 Colonial Blvd H58, Fort Myers, Florida
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What a wonderful way to kick off the start of the monthly Girl's Night Out networking socials in SWFL! The Launch Party took place on October 11th at The Eatery by Ryan and over 100 local ladies showed up to celebrate the launch of Housewives in The City SWFL!
We were lucky that the rain held off, making for a beautiful night to enjoy the patio. Everyone had a great time meeting local women, shopping, food, and enjoying some great giveaways. The first 50 ladies got a Vivie Boutique Swag Bag full of goodies! And everyone had the opportunity to learn about some wonderful local businesses. J&K Soto Photography Captured the evening...take a look for yourself...a picture is worth a thousand words. But to sum it up: BEAUTIFUL WAY TO START GIRLS NIGHT OUT SWFL!
SAVE THE DATE:
The next SWFL Girl's Night Out event is November 13th at Gather in Cape Coral.
Here are the next few months of the Southwest Florida Girl's Night Out networking social dates and locations! Be sure to follow the Facebook Page for all event announcements and to register for your tickets! If you are interested in being a featured business at an upcoming event email me at: email@example.com
What is Housewives in the City (HITC)?
Southwest Florida Housewives is one of the newest branches of Housewives in the City and we want to get you connected with local events, small businesses, charities, and giveaways. We do all this through this website and monthly social meetups at local spots.
Who runs HITC?
I am Mandy and I run the Fort Lauderdale Housewives and am now also dedicated to building the Housewives in the City community in Southwest Florida, like it is in so many other cities across the US!
Hey Y'all - My roots are in Tennessee, so I can be a little soft spoken and I have a true southern belle twang who despite my journalism career, frequently uses the contraction you all. I left my hometown 2 decades ago with some lofty goals for a young girl. What it got me was a BA in Communications and minor in Journalism from Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS (Go Bulldogs!), a 10 year marriage, a successful marketing career and two beautiful kids. Fast forward 2 years later ----> that marriage ended, and the career took too much time away from my kids. So I refocused on my dreams for me and my kids.
With the support of my friends and family, I threw away my comfort zone and decided to focus on growing myself and my dream of working for myself, having full control over my time. Which led me to the happy place I am now...working freelance fulltime as a Pro Blogger, Published Journalist and Social Influencer. I’m looking forward to sharing my life, travels and other local information with you. A little more about me: I am a writer, editor and birthed two charismatic kids, a silly boy and a sweet girl) + recently became an instantmom to one cute little girl (ages 4 , 6 and 7). I am obsessed with traveling, could eat tacos everyday, can sip wine or shoot whiskey, I love sunsets, can spend hours at the beach and if you need a buddy to go check out a new attraction, museum, restaurant or hotel-I'm your girl!
Building a support circle
One thing I found to be more difficult as I get older, is meeting new people. Sure, you can meet new people at work, your kids school events or possibly just out at the beach but to me it seems like it gets more challenging with each year, each life changing event and the increasing time spent online. But mostly it is challenging to meet ladies from all walks of life, which everyone’s different experiences is to me the interesting part of life! I run the Housewives in the City Fort Lauderdale, so after seeing how great the community of women who join in these events are so supportive, sweet and fun and how awesome the event can be, I wanted to bring Housewives in the City to the Fort Myers / Naples/ Cape Coral area.
I figured this would be the PERFECT way to not only expand my network of supportive women myself, but also help others that may want to get out and meet new people too! I have seen how amazing Girls Night Out events are in our other cities and I can’t wait to bring the same fun to all of you! And before you ask, let me say you do not need to be a “housewife” to be involved in what we do - look at me, I am breaking the stereotype of a typical housewife as I venture through life as a single, work from home mom.
With our monthly Girls Night Out Social Meetup Events we will strive to get you out of your house, meet some friends, network with other 'Girl Bosses' and rock the city you live in.
I hope that you continue to check here and on our social media pages to see what I’m up to and what fun you can join in on in the Southwest Florida area or hey take a road trip with me over to the East Coast for a Night Out in Fort Lauderdale! Make plans to attend the Girls Night Out launch party on October 11th! If you ever see me out and about, please come say hello – I can’t wait to meet you!
Hi, I am Mandy!
I am obsessed with traveling, could eat tacos everyday, can sip wine or shoot whiskey, trying new restaurants gets me excited and my children fill the days with joy, laughter and challenges!